Made up of 25 alumni appointed to three-year terms and the president of the Student Alumni Association, this board meets three times a year at WIU. Members represent the interests of alumni and serve as liaisons to 25 University areas. The council assists in the recruitment of students, selects Alumni Award recipients, and was instrumental in establishing the Student Alumni Association.
NEXT MEETING: Friday, October 7, 2016
Western Illinois University
2017 Alumni Council Meetings
- September 29
A letter from the Alumni Council President
Greetings WIU Alumni and Friends,
For the past seven years it has been my privilege to serve on the Alumni Council as one of 26 members representing over 130,000 alumni worldwide. I am now finishing the first year of a two-year term as President of the Council. It is an honor to be selected to serve our alumni and University in this way.
This past year we have seen many challenges and changes at Western. The Board of Trustees and administrators have had to make some very tough decisions, but all were made with thorough research, keeping the best interests of the students and University in mind. The goal was to maintain the quality of education at Western and insure that it is always the Best in the Midwest. We have to thank all the people making those decisions and changes for their efforts.
One of my continuing goals as President is to meet as many alumni as possible. I have attended many events and met hundreds of alumni throughout the year. We've seen many new faces at events this year and hope they continue to participate and bring others.
In talking to alumni and sharing memories, there seems to be a recurring theme. The two most common comments we hear are, "My education at Western made me what I am today", and "My years at Western were the best four years of my life". What a credit to our fine institution. As alumni we can help guarantee that our current and future students are provided with the same great education and experiences by reconnecting and giving back to Western. Whether it be by contributing financially, serving on an advisory board, or sharing your Western story, please take time to show appreciation for what Western has done to enrich your life.
So, as President, I have a challenge for you. During the next year, attend an alumni event in your area, or come to homecoming (Oct. 7-8) and reconnect with Western. Share your memories of Western with others whenever the opportunity presents itself. Western prepared us for life. Continue to be an active part of Western’s unique culture. BE A LIFETIME LEATHERNECK!
Carol Lewis Scott ‘70
Alumni Council Members Sought
The WIU Alumni Association is looking for dedicated leaders of all ages, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, career fields, etc. to serve on the WIU Alumni Council. If you or someone you know is an active alumnus that would be a good candidate, please send the application form and resume to the Alumni Association at 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 or fax (309)298-2914. The deadline is March 1. (You may save and email your form to A-Association@wiu.edu only if your computer has Adobe Acrobat Professional, not Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
Or, click here to print off and then fill out the application form.
2016 - 2017 Council Members
- Joe Brenner 2002
- Eldon Brown 1996
- Kirk W. Dillard 1977 (Ex Officio Member)
- Amber Duncan 2000
- Kellie Esters 1993
- Shawn Johnson 1996
- Jana Knupp 2002, 2004
- Tom Henderson 1973
- Erika Lowe 2009
- Jeff McElroy 1997 - Past President
- John Meixner 1995, 2005
- Phil Nathe 1981
- Mishelle Oaks 1997
- Tom O'Brien 2007
- Liz Parker 2017
- Joe Roselieb 2007, 2009
- Matt Saey 2006
- John Sanders 1974 - Vice President
- Brian Savage 1973 - Secretary
- Carol Scott 1970 - President
- Gayle Spencer 1987
- Dan Szajna 2000
- Tye Taylor 1979
- Tom Tomaszewski 1970, 1972
- Matthew Toland 2005, 2010
- Shane Van Vleet 2002
- Chris Wheeler 1997, 2000
Alumni Council Featured Member
Dan Szajna 2000
Degree: Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement and justice administration from WIU; Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) issued in 2011
Business Information: Senior Contract Coordinator – Strategic Procurement at the University of Illinois in Urbana - Champaign
Advice for Freshmen: My advice to incoming freshmen and new transfer students is to attend as many orientation and new student programs as you can as soon as you arrive on campus. There you will meet many others in the same position as you, wanting to make new friends and try new things. You will find some of these people you meet will end up being lifelong friends.
I also recommend that you take a moment and reflect on where your college career begins. Think about where you are in life, where you're hoping to go and what you would like to accomplish. Keep these thoughts in mind as you progress through your years at Western. By focusing on your goals and continuing to reevaluate them you are more likely to achieve them. After graduation and once you have established yourself in your field, remember that the opportunities that were afforded to you at Western were in large part due to the support of alumni and friends of the university which you will eventually become a part of.
Favorite WIU Memory: It was very exciting to be on the campus during WIU's 100th anniversary. The history behind the institution and the sheer number of individuals educated at Western was really evident during the ceremonies, presentations and interactions I had during this time.
I also have to give an "honorable mention" to my memories of time spent with friends at Lake Argyle. Camping trips or camp fires roasting marshmallows were always a great time!
Family/Hobbies: I am married the love of my life, Rebecca and we have a daughter that was born December of 2014 (WIU class of 2036). Rebecca and I both work at the University of Illinois. When not working, you will find us participating in our softball, kickball, or bowling league. We also share a lot of our time with family and friends.